The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of Mayo Clinic transplant patients.

  1. Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Cements Brothers' Bond

    Always close growing up, a successful kidney donation and transplant strengthened the connection between siblings Jim Von Holtum and Greg Vaske. Jim Von Holtum is the third-youngest child, and the youngest boy, in a mixed family of eight brothers and sisters. His half-brother Greg Vaske was already 13 years old when his baby brother was [...]

  2. In Need of a Second Transplant, Remy Marceau Fights On

    Four years after receiving a life-saving transplant, Remy Marceau was devastated when his body rejected the new kidney. Today he's using humor and hope to buoy his spirits as he waits for another transplant. Remy Marceau of Phoenix never expected to look back with such fondness on the four years after he received a life-saving [...]

  3. Random Chat With a Stranger Leads to a Second Chance at Life

    ? When John Branson struck up a conversation with Edgar Roberts, the two had no way of knowing their chance meeting would motivate John to become Edgar's kidney donor. But that's exactly what happened. Today, Edgar is enjoying renewed health, thanks to John's generosity. John Branson has saved many a life during his 28 years [...]

  4. Jennifer's Long Journey to a Kidney Transplant Leads to Renewed Health

    After waiting more than a decade for a kidney transplant and enduring a host of health challenges in the meantime, Jennifer Longoria finally received a new kidney, and a new opportunity for a healthy life, at Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Longoria was once told by her doctor that she was "a walking miracle who should be [...]

  5. Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient Builds a Life-Giving Legacy

    Years of health challenges that led to two kidney transplants motivated Ed Pompeian to establish the Gift of Life Transplant House, where people navigating their own transplants receive lodging, along with plenty of support and encouragement. Since he was 12 years old, Ed Pompeian's life has been shaped by the state of his kidney. You [...]

  6. Paired Kidney Donation Opens the Door to a More Active, Independent Life for Kathy Allen

    From Kathy Allen?s point of view, paired organ donation just may be the ultimate in generosity. Deciding to donate a kidney to someone you don?t know in a paired exchange can trigger a chain of matches that gives several people the opportunity for a renewed life. ?I can?t thank the donors enough for their selflessness,? [...]

  7. 'You Never Think About a Living Donor Until Someone You Love Needs One'

    From the time he was 13 years old, Jairus ?Matt? Pierce, battled kidney disease. By 2016, when he was 44, the disease had become debilitating. A shift commander for a fire department, Matt had been forced to take a light-duty assignment because of his medical condition. He required daily dialysis, and the only long-term solution [...]

  8. Paired Kidney Donation Offers a Unique Way Forward for Transplant Recipient

    The day before Norma ?Kay? Orr was scheduled for a living donor kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic, she needed one more blood test. The Palm Coast, Florida, resident was in line to receive a kidney from her niece, Jamie. Jamie Rogers had volunteered to be a living donor when she found out in early 2016 [...]

  9. ?Never Stop Fighting. Never Give Up? Becomes Mantra on Long Road to Better Health

    Stacy Neumayer was a teenager when she received her first kidney transplant. Her health problems began when she was 4 years old. Over time, Stacy developed a condition called glomerulonerphritis, which causes inflammation in the tiny pockets of the kidneys that help remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream. The illness affected Stacy?s [...]

  10. Colleagues Go From Sharing a Workplace to Sharing a Kidney

    When Dawn Odenthal sat down for a meeting with her colleague Jolinda Conzemius in June 2014, organ donation was nowhere on her radar. The two women knew one another through their work at a company that specializes in school photography, yearbooks, church directories and other forms of memory preservation. Dawn is a regional sales director, [...]

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